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2019 Fiction Anthology

Your work could be featured between the covers of the 2019 SAS Fiction anthology with this awesome cover featuring the work of artist Timothy Cummings. Contest info below.


About the Festival / Now in our 17th year

The Saints and Sinners Literary Festival was founded in 2003 as a new initiative designed as an innovative way to reach the community with information about HIV/AIDS, particularly disseminating prevention messages via the writers, thinkers and spokes-people of the LGBT community. It was also formed to bring the LGBT literary community together to celebrate the literary arts.

The Festival has grown into an internationally-recognized event that brings together a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. The Festival, held over 3 days each spring at the Hotel Monteleone in the New Orleans French Quarter, features panel discussions and master classes around literary topics that provide a forum for authors, editors and publishers to talk about their work for the benefit of emerging writers and the enjoyment of fans of LGBT literature.

Become a 2020 Festival Member / Join Today

Become a member and support the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, showcasing a who’s who of LGBT publishers, writers and readers from throughout the United States and beyond. Membership has great benefits, such as Festival discounts, passes, merchandise, and recognition! All members receive Festival updates via e-newsletter. Thank you for supporting SASFest!

Tickets / Register now!

2020 Registration


Welcome Party & Closing Reception
Book Launch Reading/Reception
Also available:
Student Rates $25
Day Passes $50
Tickets to single sessions $10 on-site

Partner Party Pass


Admission to Glitter with the Literati Welcome Party (Friday, 3/27/20)
Admission to Book Launch Reading and Reception (Saturday, 3/28/20)
Admission to Closing Reception (Sunday, 3/29/20)

SAS 2019-20 Membership


Cherub: $25
Devil: $75
Saint: $250
Sinner: $500
Guardian Angel: $1,500

Thoughts on the festival / From our attendees

Thank You to Our Sponsors / Be a part of it ... sponsor Saints and Sinners

Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest / Opened May 1, 2019

The winner will be selected from submissions of original, unpublished short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words with LGBT content on the broad theme of “Saints and Sinners.” This contest would not be possible without a generous grant from The John Burton Harter Foundation. Thanks to Don Weise (pictured) who will serve as this year’s judge. More about Don HERE.

Enter the contest
  • One grand prize of $500 and two second place prizes of $100 will be awarded.
  • In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from Bold Strokes Books.
  • There will also be a book release party and reading held during the 17th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Conference in New Orleans in March of 2020.
  • A list of the top ten finalists will be posted on our website and in our e-newsletter.
  • The annual fiction contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories that won this contest in previous years are ineligible; their authors remain eligible but must submit new work.
  • Stories submitted to this contest in previous years that did not place in the top ten are eligible.
  • Stories that have won any other writing contests are ineligible.
  • Submissions should be in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, one inch margins, 12 point font). Please include a word count on first page under the title.
  • Your name and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript.
  • No bios or resumes. We only consider manuscript quality.
  • Word Count: 3,000 to 7,000
  • Submit only original, unpublished short stories.
  • Theme (interpret as you wish): Saints and Sinners

Entry fee: $20 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter.

Deadline: October 1, 2019 (postmark) Submissions for the 11th Annual Contest are now open.

Purchase Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Anthologies / from Bold Strokes Books

2013 Anthology

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2013 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

2014 Anthology

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2014 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

2015 Anthology

An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2015 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

2016 Anthology


An anthology of short fiction featuring the finalist selections from the 2016 Saints + Sinners Literary Festival.

Festival HQ: The Hotel Monteleone /

214 Royal Street

Our home base in the French Quarter of New Orleans offers a singular environment to an equally singular Festival. New Orleans has served as the muse to some of America’s most creative and well-known writers.

Even our conference hotel, the Hotel Monteleone, is an official Literary Landmark—eternalized by Tennessee Williams, William Faulkner, Truman Capote, and Ernest Hemingway in their writing and their personal trips to the Crescent City. While at the hotel for the Festival, why not stop by the famed Carousel Bar, a favorite haunt of Williams? It’s said that Williams found inspiration for his characters from the Carousel guests. Who knows? You many find your very own Stanley or Stella sitting next to you sipping a Ramos Gin Fizz at the Carousel Bar.

If you’re staying just during the Festival dates (March 29-31), you can book online by CLICKING HERE.

Call the hotel directly at 866-338-4684 if you’re planning an early arrival or extended stay outside the Festival dates. Be sure to ask for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival block rate which applies to SASFest as well.

Contact Us! /

Saints & Sinners Literary Festival

Paul J. Willis, Director

A Project of the
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans
Literary Festival
938 Lafayette St., Suite 514
New Orleans, LA 70113

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